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  • CalHHS Secretary Extends Mask Mandate to Mid-February

    Mark Ghaly, M.D., MPH, California Health & Human Services Agency (CalHHS) secretary, has extended California’s indoor mask mandate by another full month. The masking requirement intended to combat the coronavirus pandemic now runs through February 15. While citing a recent surge in the state’s positivity rate to over 21 percent, Ghaly also noted data on […]

  • Fed-OSHA seeks suggestions for strengthening VPP

    Fed-OSHA is holding a stakeholder meeting July 17, in Washington, D.C., to discuss the future direction of its Voluntary Protection Programs. The agency’s aim is to “reshape VPP so that it continues to represent safety and health excellence, leverages partner resources, further recognizes the successes of long-term participants, and supports smart program growth.” Fed-OSHA is […]

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    Feds Study Safety in the Cannabis Industry


    Feds Study Safety in the Cannabis Industry

    • The Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is brainstorming ways to keep workers safe in the growing Marijuana industry.
    • One suggestion is to keep track of negative health outcomes, as one official recounted that one death related to occupational asthma has occurred so far.
    • Experts say it’s important to train workers to identify the symptoms of occupational allergies.
    • Many states have legalized marijuana for recreational and medicinal purposes, even though it is still illegal at the federal level. Some states have their own plans to address safety in this growing industry.
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    Two Workers Injured at Toll Plaza

    • A toll worker’s “gut feeling” kept her out of harm’s way, but two other workers weren’t so lucky.
    • A garbage truck on the Garden State Highway in New Jersey crashed into the toll booth where Jessica Daley usually works. Daley had called out of work that day.
    • The toll collector and driver of the garbage truck both suffered serious injuries.
    • Police are investigating the incident.
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    Worker Injured in Fall

    • A worker at an Ohio wastewater treatment plant was injured after falling off a platform.
    • The worker fell 8-10 feet off a scaffold and hit concrete.
    • The worker was doing some repair work when he fell. It is unknown if there was any fall protection.
    • The worker’s condition is unknown.
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    Deputy Injured in Construction Zone

    • A Sheriff’s deputy was injured after being struck by a car.
    • The deputy’s cruiser was parked in a construction zone on a Florida Highway, while he stood next to it helping direct traffic.
    • The driver had a possible medical episode when he hit the deputy knocking him to the ground.
    • The deputy did not suffer serious injuries, but an investigation is ongoing.
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